Senate panel says attack on U.S. post in Benghazi was preventable

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flamesBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the deadly September 11, 2012, attack by militants on U.S. government posts in Benghazi, Libya, was preventable and faulted the State Department for inadequate security precautions. In the months before the attacks on an American diplomatic post and CIA compound in Libya’s second-largest city, U.S. intelligence agencies had issued numerous reports warning that security in eastern Libya was deteriorating and that U.S. personnel and posts in Benghazi were at risk, according to a declassified report issued by the committee. But the committee said the State Department “failed to increase security enough to address the threat,” even though the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi had suffered two earlier, but less damaging, attacks during the previous six months. Four Americans, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed when militants attacked the lightly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a better-fortified CIA base nearby on the night of September 11.

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